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14th Mar '17 2:00:40 PM Getta
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May lead to BioAugmentation and {{Mutants}}. SuperpoweredGenetics may either come from this, or have a hand on the engineering overall.

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May lead to BioAugmentation and {{Mutants}}. SuperpoweredGenetics SuperpowerfulGenetics may either come from this, or have a hand on the engineering overall.
14th Mar '17 5:47:52 AM Getta
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14th Mar '17 5:47:50 AM Getta
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TechnologyMarchesOn, however, and gene splicing has replaced atom smashing as the most glamorous sciencey stuff: nowadays, many modern remakes of classic {{superhero}}es go with [[LegoGenetics Genetic Engineering]]. Be it a bite from a genetically engineered spider, or exposure to it in a freak accident, genetically engineered origins are the Phlebotinum for the 21st century. It is worth noting that in [[RealLife Real Life]] rarely are the effects of genetic engineering anything like those portrayed in speculative fiction yet.

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TechnologyMarchesOn, however, and gene splicing has replaced atom smashing as the most glamorous sciencey stuff: nowadays, many modern remakes of classic {{superhero}}es go with [[LegoGenetics Genetic Engineering]]. Be it a bite from a genetically engineered spider, or exposure to it in a freak accident, genetically engineered origins are the Phlebotinum for the 21st century. It is worth noting that in [[RealLife Real Life]] RealLife rarely are the effects of genetic engineering anything like those portrayed in speculative fiction yet.


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May lead to BioAugmentation and {{Mutants}}. SuperpoweredGenetics may either come from this, or have a hand on the engineering overall.
19th Jan '17 12:24:11 PM PDL
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* According to the Pokédex, Mewtwo was genetically engineered to be the most powerful Franchise/{{Pokemon}} ''ever''. Unlike [[GameplayAndStorySegregation most of what the Pokédex says]], this was unmistakably true, at least in Generation I. Not only was the [[GameBreaker/{{Pokemon}} Psychic-type]] a total GameBreaker, but Mewtwo had ''the'' highest base stat total of all 150+1 {{mon}}s at the time. Later generations have introduced Pokémon that surpass the Genetic Pokémon, but Mewtwo is still one tough bastard.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Mewtwo later]] [[TookALevelInBadass takes back his title]] as the world's strongest Pokemon with his [[SuperMode Mega Evolutions,]] which are stronger than ''[[PhysicalGod Arceus.]]''
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', this trope is also the method in which Genesect was created.
** Attempted in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' with Type: Null, a Pokémon engineered from scratch by the Aether Foundation as a means of defense against {{Eldritch Abomination}}s known as Ultra Beasts leaking into Alola (and yes, Type: Null really is its name). They were unable to create a Type: Null able to match any Ultra Beast, however, so the project was deemed a failure and the Type: Nulls were put in cryostasis. That is, until the events of the game, when Gladion, a Team Skull operative who snuck out of Aether with one of the Type: Nulls, discovers its latent power and evolves it into Silvally, who actually IS an equal to the Ultra Beasts.

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* According to the Pokédex, Mewtwo was genetically engineered (from the [=DNA=] from Mew) to be the most powerful Franchise/{{Pokemon}} ''ever''. Unlike [[GameplayAndStorySegregation most of what the Pokédex says]], this was unmistakably true, at least in Generation I. Not only was the [[GameBreaker/{{Pokemon}} Psychic-type]] a total GameBreaker, but Mewtwo had ''the'' highest base stat total of all 150+1 {{mon}}s at the time. Later generations have introduced Pokémon that surpass the Genetic Pokémon, but Mewtwo is still one tough bastard.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Mewtwo later]] [[TookALevelInBadass takes back his title]] as the world's strongest Pokemon with his [[SuperMode Mega Evolutions,]] which are stronger than ''[[PhysicalGod Arceus.]]''
Arceus]]''. Of course, where the Mega stones for the man-made Mewtwo came from isn't explained.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', this trope is also the method in which Genesect was created.
created. Its backstory is that it was revived from a fossil and fitted with a laser cannon. The project was officially scrapped by N due to what he perceived as "tampering with a perfect design", but a scientist continued the project and Genesect was the end result.
** Attempted in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' with Type: Null, a Pokémon engineered from scratch by the Aether Foundation as a means of defense against {{Eldritch Abomination}}s known as Ultra Beasts leaking into Alola (and yes, Alola. Three were, created and were initially called "Type: Full". Unfortunately, all three Type: Null really is its name). They Fulls rejected the RKS system and went berserk. Eventually they were unable to create a Type: Null able to match any Ultra Beast, however, so fitted with masks and the project was deemed a failure and the failure. Type: Nulls Full was renamed Type: Null and they were put in cryostasis. That is, until the events of the game, when Gladion, a Team Skull operative who [[spoiler: The son of The Aether Foundation President]] snuck out of Aether with one of the Type: Nulls, discovers its latent power and evolves it into Silvally, who actually IS an equal is able to properly control its power and can combat the Ultra Beasts.
19th Jan '17 12:10:32 PM ZombieAladdin
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** Attempted in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' with Type: Null, a Pokémon engineered from scratch by the Aether Foundation as a means of defense against {{Eldritch Abomination}}s known as Ultra Beasts leaking into Alola (and yes, Type: Null really is its name). They were unable to create a Type: Null able to match any Ultra Beast, however, so the project was deemed a failure and the Type: Nulls were put in cryostasis. That is, until the events of the game, when Gladion, a Team Skull operative who snuck out of Aether with one of the Type: Nulls, discovers its latent power and evolves it into Silvally, who actually IS an equal to the Ultra Beasts.
19th Sep '16 6:37:46 AM Theriocephalus
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Genetic Engineering also lends itself to being [[BiologicalWeaponsSolveEverything weaponized to do]] exactly the same thing as [[NeutronBomb those ultracool nukes that kill people but leave buildings standing]]. Now that nuclear apocalypse is substantially less likely (or at least less likely to [[ApocalypseHow wipe us all out]]), and Chemical/Biological weapons just aren't destructive enough in terms of human life, Genetic Weapons make a nice scary (and vague) alternative.

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Genetic Engineering also lends itself to being [[BiologicalWeaponsSolveEverything weaponized to do]] exactly the same thing as [[NeutronBomb those ultracool nukes that kill people but leave buildings standing]]. Now that a nuclear apocalypse is substantially less likely (or at least less likely to [[ApocalypseHow wipe us all out]]), and Chemical/Biological chemical weapons just aren't destructive enough in terms of human life, Genetic Weapons biological weapons make a nice scary (and vague) alternative.



* The twisted monstrosities of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'', which in spite of being set in a 1950s-esque retro post-nuclear wasteland, the UniverseBible credits largely to a mutated bioweapon.
** According to one source, Deathclaws are the products of direct genetic engineering. This applies to a number of other (significantly less widespread) creatures as well, with more canonical certainty.

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* The twisted monstrosities of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'', which ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' which, in spite of the game being set in a 1950s-esque retro post-nuclear wasteland, the UniverseBible credits largely to a mutated bioweapon.
** According to one source, Deathclaws are the products of direct genetic engineering.engineering to create ideal soldiers, while the mole rats were apparently created as the ultimate invasive pests to be planted in enemy territory. This applies to a number of other (significantly less widespread) creatures as well, with more canonical certainty.



* [[http://vimeo.com/32844733 The Gate]] (2011) is an 8 minute sci fi/ horror film about people being mutated by unregulated performance enhancing drugs bought online.

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* [[http://vimeo.com/32844733 The Gate]] (2011) is an 8 minute sci fi/ horror fi/horror film about people being mutated by unregulated performance enhancing drugs bought online.
17th Aug '16 6:04:59 PM BiffJr
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* In a general sense, superheroes that would have been, and [[{{Retcon}} in some]] [[AlternateUniverse cases were]], created by [[ILoveNuclearPower radiation accidents]] in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} are now created by genetic accidents.
31st Jul '16 6:11:13 AM IndigoFenix
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** This has finally been one-upped by a real-life [[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/the-mouse-that-shook-the-world-744870.html genetically engineered supermouse]]. They can run for five hours without stopping, are ten times as active as normal mice, live three times longer, and remain fertile up to an older age. On the downside... due to their high metabolism, they [[HorrorHunger need to eat twice as much]]. Oh, and let's not forget that they are [[PsychoSerum highly aggressive]]. The same gene occurs in humans, but scientists are reluctant to try the modification on humans, for obvious reasons.

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** This has finally been one-upped by a real-life [[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/the-mouse-that-shook-the-world-744870.html genetically engineered supermouse]]. They can run for five hours without stopping, are ten times as active as normal mice, live three times longer, and remain fertile up to an older age. On the downside... due to their high metabolism, they [[HorrorHunger need to eat twice as much]]. They might also be [[BlessedWithSuck extra-vulnerable to cancer]]. Oh, and let's not forget that they are [[PsychoSerum highly aggressive]]. The same gene occurs in humans, but scientists are reluctant to try the modification on humans, for obvious reasons.
31st Jul '16 6:07:49 AM IndigoFenix
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** This has finally been one-upped by a real-life [[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/the-mouse-that-shook-the-world-744870.html genetically engineered supermouse]]. They can run for five hours without stopping, are ten times as active as normal mice, live three times longer, and remain fertile up to an older age. On the downside... due to their high metabolism, they [[HorrorHunger need to eat twice as much]]. Oh, and let's not forget that they are [[PsychoSerum highly aggressive]]. The same gene occurs in humans, but scientists are reluctant to try the modification on humans, for obvious reasons.
19th Jul '16 2:24:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the Founders, the DangerouslyGenreSavvy ruling caste of the Dominion, utilize bio/genetic engineering to create super soldiers and personal advisors.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the Founders, the DangerouslyGenreSavvy ruling caste of the Dominion, utilize bio/genetic engineering to create super soldiers and personal advisors.



** The Jem'Hadar, super soldiers of the Dominion, are noted to qualify at least dozens of recommendations of the EvilOverlordList in their biological design. They wear no helmets(1, 130), wear carapaces that have no semblance to Nazi uniforms(21, 130), have superior eye sight that makes them expert marksmen(4, 56), possess exceptional strength and hand-eye coordination(236) are asexual in design(33, 43, 51, 84, 153), gain sustenance from a single source the Founders have absolute control over and require nothing else to function(127, 200, fark-9), require no sleep or rest(172, fark-9), work for the pleasure of obeying the "order of things" imprinted in their instincts(44, 48, 94, fark-9), have no fear or qualms using human wave attacks for the "order of things"(75, 234), memorize the entire manual with eidetic memory(57), and finally, can camouflage themselves to match the surroundings(237). And that's just the "design" part, not including their equally DangerouslyGenreSavvy training.

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** The Jem'Hadar, super soldiers of the Dominion, are noted to qualify at least dozens of recommendations of the EvilOverlordList in their biological design. They wear no helmets(1, 130), wear carapaces that have no semblance to Nazi uniforms(21, 130), have superior eye sight that makes them expert marksmen(4, 56), possess exceptional strength and hand-eye coordination(236) are asexual in design(33, 43, 51, 84, 153), gain sustenance from a single source the Founders have absolute control over and require nothing else to function(127, 200, fark-9), require no sleep or rest(172, fark-9), work for the pleasure of obeying the "order of things" imprinted in their instincts(44, 48, 94, fark-9), have no fear or qualms using human wave attacks for the "order of things"(75, 234), memorize the entire manual with eidetic memory(57), and finally, can camouflage themselves to match the surroundings(237). And that's just the "design" part, not including their equally DangerouslyGenreSavvy thorough training.
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